Program Planning

Program review and planning, as required by both the CSU and WASC Senior College and University Commission, assures integrity and accountability of our programs, and promotes continuous institutional improvement.

At SJSU, program planning is a future-oriented process based on program assessment. Programs use this information to develop seven-year action plans guiding decisions in a variety of areas such as curriculum revision and development, scholarship, resource management, faculty and staff hiring, student recruitment and retention, and interaction with the community.

Program Planning is required for all SJSU programs every seven years (five years prior to Fall 2017 - see the Program Planning Calendar), or the semester after professional external accreditation reviews, if the cycle is seven years or fewer (University Policy S17-11 [pdf]). It is typically done at the department level, but is occasionally done on a program, school, or college level depending on unique circumstances. All programs in the unit must be included in the program plan, including baccalaureate degrees, minors, graduate degrees, certificates, and credential programs.

View the Step-by-Step ProcessProgram Plan Checklist, and Frequently Asked Questions sections for more information. 

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Program Plan Responsibility

Leadership for the program plan belongs to the department chair, but the entire program faculty is responsible for its development. The chair may delegate the leadership as he/she sees fit. Assigned time of 0.2 from UE for one faculty member in the department/unit during the semester the program plan is being written is no longer available due to budget constraints and new University guidelines on release time.

Submission and Communications

The submission of the program plan to the dean and all resulting feedback and communication from the dean, external reviewer, and the department are to be submitted using the Curriculog sent to each department chair.

Extension Requests

To request an extension, department chairs or directors may submit an Extension Request Form. Extension dates are adjusted on the program planning calendar once the request has been approved.

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